Biography of Thomas H. Kane
North Central Ohio Biographies

Thomas Hugh Kane, who is president of the Kiwanis Club, at Wellington, is a substantial and well known citizen of Lorain County. He was born at Centreville, Iowa, July 21, 1875, the son of Thomas Hugh and Ellen (O'Connor) Kane.

Thomas Hugh Kane was a native of Vermont. His wife was born in Ireland. As a young man he went to Michigan and settled at Sturgis, where he was engaged as a railroad contractor. He was a Democrat in politics and held numerous township offices. Both he and his wife were members of the Catholic Church. They are deceased and are buried at Sturgis, Mich. To Mr. and Mrs. Kane the following children were born: William, lives at Wadsworth, Ohio; Mary, married Theodore Cummings, lives at Sturgis, Mich.; Thomas Hugh, the subject of this sketch; Charles Morris, lives at Ashtabula, Ohio; Nora, married George Condon, lives at Sturgis, Mich.; Julia, who died in 1921; and George, who lives at Canton, Ohio.

Thomas Hugh Kane received his education in the public schools and is a graduate of South Bend (Ind.) High School. As a young man he followed the blacksmith trade and was thus employed throughout the Middle West. He settled at Wellington in 1901 and was employed in the shops of R. T. Spicer, until in 1902 he purchased the business. Mr. Kane spent 1914 as a special student at Cornell University, but continued his business in Wellington until 1920, at which time he disposed of it on account of ill health. In November of that year he purchased the business interests of Ralph Rowlin, of Howk & Rowlin, proprietors of a recreation room, cigar store and confectionery. The business continued as Howk & Kane until the death of Mr. Howk in April, 1922, when Mr. Kane became sole owner.

In 1903 Mr. Kane was united in marriage with Miss Carrie Hilliker, the daughter of Merle and Emma Hilliker, natives of New York. Mr. Hifliker lives in Wellington. His wife is deceased and is buried at North Collins, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Kane have no children.

Mr. Kane has always been a Republican. He is a charter member of the Wellington Kiwanis Club, of which he is also president. His lodge affiliations are: Wellington Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 127; Wellington Chapter, R. A. M., No. 109, Past High Priest; Elyria Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 86; O. E. S., Chapter No. 103; and Tribe of Ben Hur, Chief.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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